(MSNBC) Rachel Maddow on magnetic pole shift, tribulation, and a thirteenth star sign
Your zodiac sign may not actually be your zodiac sign... Astronomer Parke Kunkle says that due to changes in the Earth's alignment, the dates of many zodiac signs have changed, according to NBC. In addition, there may be a 13th Zodiac sign: Ophiuchus.
- Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
- Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
- Pisces: March 11- April 18
- Aries: April 18 - May 13
- Taurus: May 13 - June 21
- Gemini: June 21 - July 20
- Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10
- Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16
- Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
- Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23
- Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29
- Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17
- Sagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20
Wisdom Quarterly (COMMENTARY)
Do we believe in newspaper column astrology? Of course not! Pseudo-scientific charts, star graphs, and gypsies -- it's a scam. But do we believe the stars have anything to do with the future, the best (in Indian terms, most "auspicious") days to undertake things?
Yes, apparently extraterrestrial visitors set the moon, which is a satellite not a planetary body, in place. The seasons were thereby arranged, and the Mayan people were given astronomy, astrology, and ways of record keeping on a cosmic scale. It couldn't have all been for them, since neither they nor their civilization would live to see the predictions. But the much longer lived visitors would have been preoccupied with these matters.
What does this have to do with Buddhism? Not only is Buddhist history steeped in astrology (with the predictions at the time of the Buddha's birth by Vedic brahmins working as court chaplains), many modern Buddhists love good horoscopes and forecasting based on Vedic, Chinese, Tibetan, Thai, and Khmer charts.
The Buddha did not promote it, but that hasn't stopped people who are obsessed with trying to gain some sense of control in this topsy turvy world. Why have the powers that be altered calendars, ruined charts, and mercilessly decried prophecy and psychic ability? There's something to it, just not in the form we have it nowadays. People believe in the principle; unfortunately, they indiscriminately believe any columnist who posts what the day/week/month/year will bring for the dime store star signs (and biorhythm scrolls).
Does no one ever wonder why? Why, why, why?
Does anyone remember Quetzalcoatl (the Mesoamerican ET, "feathered-serpent" in the Nahuatl language)? Daniel Pinchbeck explained the return of the winged serpent (extraterrestrial royal naga), who it seems just got back into the popular conscious (zeitgeist) with news of this 13th sign. Hello, 2012! Nagas (shape shifting, reptilian, serpent, demigod, human-hybrids in Buddhist mythology) are expert genetic manipulators from space who live underground, literally.
- VIDEO: 2012 The Return of Quetzacoatl (Daniel Pinchbeck)